The Ward-Moretti gallery is hosting a sales exhibition of Picasso works on paper, unique ceramics and sculpture assembled over 25 years by Pieter and Olga Dreesmann.
The essence of the show, which has moved on from New York, London, and Paris, is that the collectors are disposing of the works in order to concentrate on building a new collection of contemporary pieces.
Originally 32 in number, 28 Picasso works of art now grace the walls of the Ward-Moretti gallery above CMB Monaco bank in the very centre of Monte-Carlo.
The disposal tour also marks the 50th anniversary of the artist’s death.
As it is, the collection bears witness to the changing styles embraced by Picasso from the very early 1900s, through cubism to his later works. In the words of the catalogue: “The works in the collection date from 1899 to 1962 and cover the broad spectrum of Picasso’s artistic evolution.”
The price of the pieces varies from about 300,000 euros to more than three million.
Pieter and Olga Dreesmann said: “It has been a great pleasure collecting and living with these works over the past twenty-five years, as well as sharing them with the public through loans to exhibitions across Europe and the United States. Each of these objects holds special significance for us but we have decided now is the right time for others to have the opportunity to own and enjoy them as we begin a new chapter in our lives as collectors.”
The show in Monaco closes on December 22.